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Students Receive Gilman Scholarships for Summer Study Abroad

Kaylie Tram '16 and Joi Stevens '17 received prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study or intern abroad this summer. The scholarships are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Tram will study traditional medicine and healthcare systems through a School for International Training (SIT) study abroad program in Madagascar. She will be based in Madagascar's urban capital Antananarivo, as well as Andasibe, a rural town about 150 kilometers outside of the city, and her study will focus on the role of nurses as mediators between traditional medicine and biomedicine (Western medicine).

"I love to experience and explore new things so I'm greatly looking forward to Madagascar," Tram said. "One of the things I want to try first are the different foods made by the Magalasy. I'm also excited to learn about a culture entirely different from my own. I never imagined I would be given the opportunity to travel to such a unique country. I'm really glad I decided to take this chance."

A junior, Tram is a pre-med anthropology major with a chemistry minor. She is active in the Asian Culture Awareness Association, a STRIDE mentor and a teaching assistant for chemistry.

Stevens will participate in the Davidson in Cambridge program, studying the history and literature of late 18th and 19th century Britain. In addition to morning lectures and class work, students in the Cambridge program travel to historic country houses, landscape gardens and museums in Cambridge and London as part of their studies.

The Gilman program aims to promote diversity, both in its scholarship recipients and in the countries and regions they choose to study, and Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 towards study abroad or internship program costs. Tram and Stevens are two of more than 1,000 American undergraduate students from 332 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the scholarship.